I grew up in Victoria BC, graduating as a Registered Nurse from the Royal Jubilee Hospital.
In the 60’s, I lived and worked in New York City in a series of challenging experiences across the nursing spectrum from Intensive Care to Chronic Disease & Rehabilitation. I’ve held positions of Head Nurse and/or Assistant Director of Education in three large hospitals.
When I returned to Canada, I switched my career to Real Estate and Land Development! I gained a reputation with Developers as a person who could consolidate land through negotiation with multiple owners and “stick handle” their applications through Municipal zoning and Development.
Then, building on my experience in the private land market & community development work, I joined the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation as a Social Development Officer; was promoted to Manager, Real Estate for the Vancouver Branch and finally, Director of Social Housing for B.C. and the Yukon.
Leaving CMHC in the early 80’s, I formed a private company, building market, non-profit and co-operative housing projects around B.C. For twenty-eight years, I specialized in the development and operation of care homes and other services for seniors in the Parksville /Qualicum Beach area. In addition to planning the projects, managing the construction and commissioning the facilities, I was the hands-on manager of operations, director of care and administrator of several private-pay care homes.
I have served on countless Committees and Boards of Directors over the years. I was even elected City Councillor in Parksville for six years; was a Charter Member of the Rotary Club there; and a founding member of the Alzheimer Support Group in Parksville, even representing BC to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
In 2010, I formed a company to Advocate for people (individuals and families) confronted with the complexity of the health care system and the stress of dealing with problems of aging and/or illness.
This company was re-structured in 2012 into Elder Life Advocacy & In-Home Care, a full service organization whose purpose was to provide high-quality, individualized home support to clients who wished to remain at home rather than live in a facility. The company employed 60 caregivers, serving 120 clients and grew steadily each month within the south central region of Vancouver Island.
Relocating to Victoria in 2015, I now offer my consulting services as Anne Duggan - Advice & Advocacy for Seniors & Families, assisting seniors in deciding what care, support, housing, or adjunct services may increase their comfort and security, while maintaining optimum independence, whether choosing to continue to live at home or in a residence.